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Judo in the time of Covid-19: Zebeda Rekhviashvili

28 Apr 2020 15:00

Always there’s a shiver in our body if athletes get hurt on the mat. It hurts, even to see it, you know it will cost time. The pain is something you got to live with. Zebeda Rekhviashvili knows what we mean. This period is also a time to heal for many athletes. Zebeda though is always in pain, but it’s the price. Oon Yeoh spoke to the Georgian middleweight. Read more

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Judo in the time of Covid-19: Maria Centracchio

27 Apr 2020 11:05

The Centracchio’s are everywhere in Italy, but now they are limited to their home. Must be tough to be in quarantaine for the Judo family. Maria Centracchio won the Grand Prix in Tel Aviv last year and set out her road to Tokyo. She took bronze at the European Games. Little brother Luigi won the gold medal at the EYOF, also in Baku last year and 40 year old Emidio Centracchio now runs a judo data website. Father Centracchio is all over the place where his children are. JudoThis family is JudoCrazy! Oon Yeoh reports from his own quarantaine place. Read more

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Judo in the time of Covid-19: Yvonne Boenisch

26 Apr 2020 14:20

Yvonne Boenisch became 2004 Olympic Champion in Athens. That one day that changed her career, her life as she lost two World Championships final, but it was all worth it. She knew this was her day. After her career she became a coach, first in Germany in her city Potsdam and later as coach of the Israelian women’s team. Oon Yeoh spoke to Boenisch about that one day, her opponents and her current job in the time of Covid-19. Read more

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Judo in the time of Covid-19: Theresa Stoll

25 Apr 2020 15:35

German judoka Theresa Stoll is the youngest of the German twins. Amelie reminds her sister often she’s older. Both have the same ideas, both are successful but they also both want to qualify for the Games and met quite a few times. Theresa is so far the most successful and she is the youngest German winner in Düsseldorf. She balances judo and her training with her study. It seems a healthy combination. Without both life is different. JudoCrazy’s Oon Yeoh asked Theresa all about her situation. Read more

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Judo in the time of Covid-19: Martti Puumalainen

24 Apr 2020 11:20

Finnish judoka Martti Puumalainen won a silver medal at the European Youth Festival - EYOF in Utrecht in 2013 U90kg. He won many prizes in his region and was a super talent and part of a new generation for Finland, maybe the best generation ever but they realised that reaching the top in a country like Finland is really tough. Martti won various national titles in all age categories but remained a star in the Nordic but since last year he had a breakthrough. His bronze medal in Sofia this year and European U23 Championships bronze brought the heavyweight to the next level. Just when the lockdown was introduced but at least he can ski! JudoCrazy’s Oon Yeoh asked him all about it. Read more

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Judo in the time of Covid-19: Nora Gjakova

23 Apr 2020 12:30

Nora Gjakova is one of those strong women U57kg. One of those strong women from Kosovo under the guidance of Driton Kuka. She captured the European title in 2018 but both finallists of the 2019 European Championships took a seventh place at the World Championships in Tokyo. There’s lots pof work to do in this category where the field is very close. An Olympic medal is a realistic goal but Gjakova has to be patient. Oon Yeoh of JudoCrazy asked her about her way to get back in shape this year. Read more

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Judo in the time of Covid-19: Distria Krasniqi

23 Apr 2020 08:35

World bronze medallist Distria Krasniqi of Kosovo is surprised all of us going back from U52kg to U48kg. She is one of the leading ladies in this category. The Junior World Champion of 2015 was a promise from the start of her career. Driton Kuka made a diamond of “Disi” who has other talents too and is very musical. Oon Yeoh of JudoCrazy asked her about all her skills which is music in our ears. Read more

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